October 2013
This project was a volunteer effort that was sponsored by:
 Allen and Donna Smith of the AskTheTrucker Website.
 Project...
(MAP-21)
SEC. 1401. JASON'S LAW.
(a) In General.--It is the sense of Congress that it is a national
priority to address pr...
 3996 Drivers responded to this survey
 Survey and the accompanying Focus Group ran for a period of 3 months to chronicl...
 Survey Monkey, a well-regarded cloud-based survey tool with 15 million customers was
used. Certain safeguards including ...
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GENDER
96%

Average Age of Survey Respondents = 47.5
Industry Average Driver’s Age = 56

83%

55%

42%

36%
24%

M

EXPERI...
“How are you paid?”
By The Mile

57%

Percent of Load

20%

Hourly Wage

9%

Per Load
Other

10%
3%

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“On average, how many nights at a time are you on the road away from home?”

0 Nights

5%

1 - 3 Nights Per Week

12%

4 –...
* Photo From Jason Rivenburg Murder Crime Scene

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“Do you use E-logs or Paper
Logs?”

Elogs

Paper Logs

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20%
Employee

13%

20%

33% Employee
22%

22% Non-Employee
33%

13% Non-Employee
* 53% of Respondents Employee/Company Dri...
“Do You Primarily Drive a
Dedicated Run?”

17% Yes

Yes
No

83% No

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“From your personal experience, what regions of the United States are the hardest
for you to find safe and legal parking? ...
* Word cloud based on most frequently mentioned words and phrases in data collection

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Cities identified that need improvement to increase safe, adequate truck
parking in alphabetical order
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“From the time you decide or are
mandated to take a break, how
long on average does it take to
find parking? ”
5%
12%
1 HO...
The overwhelming driver response was that if parking was not attained by mid afternoon to early
evening in either a Rest A...
Driver Comments
“… most trucks are in early for the night, because of the hours of service regulations, at least four time...
USAGE:  REGULARLY  OCCASIONALLY  RARELY

35%

53%

COMMERCIAL TRUCK STOP
REST AREA (NO SERVICES)
SHIPPER/RECEIVER’S LOC...
“During the last 12
months, have you felt
unsafe while parked
during a mandatory
rest period or waiting
to pick-up or drop...
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Over 2/3 of drivers felt unsafe at a Truck Stop in the past
“too many hookers banging on your door”

“poor lighting, no se...
FEEL SAFE

CRIME VICTIM

ACCIDENT

BAD VIBE
80%

UNSAFE PARKING
84%

59%
50%

42%

24%

36%

27%

COMMERCIAL
TRUCK STOP

3...
“…Hospital parking lot 5 a.m. delivering, drivers door unlocked was in trailer 15 min. phone was
stolen and computer, not ...
36% of respondents indicated
they felt safer parked at shipper
and receiver location.
This is greater than the feeling of
...
Truck Parking at Shipper/Receiver
“From your
experience, how often
can you park at the
shipper or receiver’s
property?”
Si...
* Word cloud by based on most frequently mentioned words and phrases in data collection

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Wal-Mart:
Overwhelmingly
Named #1 Shipper and
Receiver of Freight That
Denies Detained Drivers
To Take a Federally
Mandate...
No 86%

Yes 14%

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Company Terminal Parking or Drop Lot?

35%

43%

Yes, Rarely Close
Enough to Use
Them
Yes, I Frequently
Use Them
Yes, I am...
* Example: High Crime Inner City Areas Where Cargo Theft is an Issue

40%
YES

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11%
Yes

AIR

89%
No

IdleAir

Shorepower

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66%

22%
5%

It has not made
parking harder
to find

5%

I don't like
parking at rest
areas so it has
no impact

2%

It ha...
Fatigued Driving
15%
29%

55%

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Regularly
O...
ASK THE
TRUCKER
WHAT DRIVES THE NEED?

1 MILLION DRIVERS
NEEDED IN THE NEXT 10
YEARS
Average Number of New Drivers
Needed Per Year Over Ne...
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Well over 90% respondents in which Men made up the majority, expressed fear for their
safety when parking their...
Created by Hope Rivenburg and Desiree Wood
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For over 20 years, safe available
truck parking has been an issue
for professional truck drivers.
Rest area closu...
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The “Truck Parking Focus Group” was created by Hope
Rivenburg to accompany the 2013 truck parking
SurveyMonkey data col...
Respondents
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The focus group was created on a Facebook page by Hope
Rivenburg (Jason’s Law). Contact information and gen...
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In addition to the Facebook Focus Group, A Google Alert was set up to track
activity matching the keywords “Truck Stop”...
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Greater Difficulties Finding Safe
Parking Close to Where Next Load
Delivers or Picks Up

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Less Flexibility To Plan Tr...
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RV’s , Personal Vehicles and Family Mover Rental Trucks in Big
Rig Parking Areas
Bob Tail Tractors Using Full ...
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Issue:
Trip Planning Ability is Limited
 Shippers and Receivers Dictate
Appointment Times
 Loads Are Often Scheduled
Wit...
Photo taken at shopping plaza where major retailers receive freight from truckers
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“Parking nightmare expected near
Incobrasa Industries in Gilman, Illinois
tomorrow. They only have room for 70
truckloads ...
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1:30 PM: “Pilot in Decatur, IL: maybe 15 spots
left I-72 mile marker 144.”

7:57 PM “Flying J, Gillette, WY. parking spots...
―Love's and TA I40 exit 240 over full. Major hail storm causing 3 hour delay on 40 ran a lot of drivers out if
hours. We a...
9:00 PM Local Time
Driver 1: “About 5-10 spaces left. But lighting terrible here. I always get lost
trying to find this pl...
―Just got to Sayre OK. Flying J. I-40 exit 20.
This place looks like a Conley yard. At least 12
or more trucks and dropped...
Ardmore, OK:
“…that one fills up quick because of the big companies around there
…you got Best Buy, Michelin tires, Dollar...
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Atlantic City, NJ
Baltimore, MD
Bentonville, AR
Boston, MA
Charlotte, NC
Denver, CO
Elizabeth ,NJ...
Freight Rail Hubs and Port Cities Where Heavy Import/Export Activity
Exists Lack Sufficient SAFE Truck Parking
CASE IN POI...
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Home of Retail Giant: Wal-Mart
Home of Truckload Carrier Giant: JB Hunt

Closest Major Truck Stop
to Bentonville, Ark...
Current
Secretary of Transportation,
Mr. Anthony Foxx served as
Mayor to the city of his
birth, Charlotte, NC. from 2009 -...
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Food Lion
Lowe's
Family Dollar
Staples
Goodrich Corporation
Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Consolidated
Kellogg's...
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What is your experience with truck parking in Charlotte, NC?

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Do you feel adequate truck parking is available in C...
―It is impossible to park in Charlotte, NC. … with 2 major
interstates going through and lots of industry in the general a...
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The day of pickup and
delivery of the freight
presents the greatest
challenges to drivers
who have less flexibility
to tri...
Solo company drivers running elogs seem to
have more challenges in order to balance trip
planning for safe truck parking V...
Truckers & Truck Stop Employees Are Often the Target of Truck Stop Crime
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Crime, in and around truck parking ar...
TRANSIT TIMES: When loads are booked , transit times for delivery SHOULD take into
consideration driver requirements for h...
New travel plaza construction SHOULD be properly designed with sensible
length and width to fit ALL truckload types. Local...
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Truck drivers provide an essential service to the public. They are 1% of the population that
serves the other 99%.

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Upon Conclusion of the Focus Group,
Hope Rivenburg Felt That Drivers Sharing
Information About Truck Parking Locations
Cou...
Jason Rivenburg, was murdered as he rested in
an abandoned gas station in South Carolina
while waiting for his appointment...
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2013 Jason's Law Safe Truck Parking and Focus Group Presentation

  1. 1. October 2013
  2. 2. This project was a volunteer effort that was sponsored by:  Allen and Donna Smith of the AskTheTrucker Website.  Project Manager: Desiree Wood representing the REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. group  Andrew J. Warcaba & Associates  Hope Rivenburg, Champion of the “Jason’s Law” Safe Truck Parking Bill which now is included and stated as a priority in the current “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Transportation Bill  Richard Wilson, transportation compliance consultant at TCRG Consulting  Truck Drivers from the Industry PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 2
  3. 3. (MAP-21) SEC. 1401. JASON'S LAW. (a) In General.--It is the sense of Congress that it is a national priority to address projects under this section for the shortage of long-term parking for commercial motor vehicles on the National Highway System to improve the safety of motorized and nonmotorized users and for commercial motor vehicle operators. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 3
  4. 4.  3996 Drivers responded to this survey  Survey and the accompanying Focus Group ran for a period of 3 months to chronicle “real world” experience in finding safe truck parking for federally mandated “Hours of Service” (HOS) rest periods.  This presentation is an executive summary of the results and is openly shared with Drivers, Fleet Operators, Transportation Officials , and Other Stakeholders interested in promoting this vital industry as a whole and workplace safety in particular. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 4
  5. 5.  Survey Monkey, a well-regarded cloud-based survey tool with 15 million customers was used. Certain safeguards including IP tracking were implemented to prevent respondents from taking the survey multiple times.  The Survey was promoted extensively by AskTheTrucker website , OOIDA, Overdrive Magazine, REAL Women in Trucking Website , Jason’s Law grass roots supporters, The Trucker’s Report Website, and other commercial driver social media channels for a period of 3 months.  The survey was voluntary and respondents could remain anonymous.  Both multiple choice and open comment question data was collected .  Potential Biases: As a group, the respondents were younger than the industry reported average and the percentage of female participants was higher than the bureau of labor statistics report of ―Employed persons by detailed occupation, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity – Page10 , Rows 12 and 32. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 5
  6. 6. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 6
  7. 7. GENDER 96% Average Age of Survey Respondents = 47.5 Industry Average Driver’s Age = 56 83% 55% 42% 36% 24% M EXPERIENCE AGE M 23% 28% 12% 17% 21% 15% F 6% 2% 4% 15% 14% 9% F 2013 INDUSTRY SURVEY AVERAGE 21 - 24 25 - 34 35 - 44 45 - 54 55 - 64 65+ <1 2-4 5 - 10 11+ YEARS DRIVING <100K 125K 150K >150K 7 MILES PER YEAR
  8. 8. “How are you paid?” By The Mile 57% Percent of Load 20% Hourly Wage 9% Per Load Other 10% 3% PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 8
  9. 9. “On average, how many nights at a time are you on the road away from home?” 0 Nights 5% 1 - 3 Nights Per Week 12% 4 – 6 Nights Per Week 27% 24% 7 Nights or More 21% 1 Month or More 2 Months or More PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 11% 9
  10. 10. * Photo From Jason Rivenburg Murder Crime Scene PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 10
  11. 11. “Do you use E-logs or Paper Logs?” Elogs Paper Logs PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 40 % 80% 11
  12. 12. 20% Employee 13% 20% 33% Employee 22% 22% Non-Employee 33% 13% Non-Employee * 53% of Respondents Employee/Company Drivers 12
  13. 13. “Do You Primarily Drive a Dedicated Run?” 17% Yes Yes No 83% No PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 13
  14. 14. “From your personal experience, what regions of the United States are the hardest for you to find safe and legal parking? (Check all that apply.) ” 80% Northeast Region 45% Mid-Atlantic Region 42% Southeast Region 20% Southwest Region 25% Lower Midwest Region 33% Upper Midwest Region 18% Rocky Mountain Region 46% Southern California Region 25% Northwest Region 2% None/No Problem Parking 14
  15. 15. * Word cloud based on most frequently mentioned words and phrases in data collection 15
  16. 16. Cities identified that need improvement to increase safe, adequate truck parking in alphabetical order               Atlanta Baltimore Bentonville Boston Charlotte Chicago Denver Detroit Ft. Worth Hartford Houston Indianapolis Little Rock Los Angeles                 PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg Memphis Miami Nashville New Jersey New York Newark Orlando Philadelphia Pittsburg Portland San Diego San Francisco Seattle St. Louis Washington Washington DC 16
  17. 17. “From the time you decide or are mandated to take a break, how long on average does it take to find parking? ” 5% 12% 1 HOUR OR LONGER Less Than 15 Minutes Less Than 30 Minutes 39% Less Than 60 Minutes 44% PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 17
  18. 18. The overwhelming driver response was that if parking was not attained by mid afternoon to early evening in either a Rest Area or Truck stop, the next option would be a well lit shopping area due to safety concerns. However, drivers stated they worried during their rest period that they would be 18 asked to leave or given a citation by law enforcement
  19. 19. Driver Comments “… most trucks are in early for the night, because of the hours of service regulations, at least four times a week I am forced to find a place on the side of the highway, freeway, parking lot, anywhere. Lot of times your awoken to the pounding on the door and told to leave, due to the fact that most just don't want you parking near their establishment. You can bet on it out in California and especially the east coast. Just don't be late with their freight…” “…I start looking about the 10th hour. I hate to have to give up a hour of driving but by the time I try 2 truck stops and maybe a rest area or find out the rest areas are closed I waste 1 hour. With the EOBR I cannot drive over my 11 hrs even if its for finding a safe spot. The law and company don't care. All they see is the 11 hrs…” “… now that the latest HOS rules are in effect, causing even more drivers to operate in the same 14 hour time period, truck stops are filling up rapidly from late afternoon on. If you are delayed by shipperreceivers and still wish to use available driving hours, you are in for a rough night. This happens almost every night…” 19
  20. 20. USAGE:  REGULARLY  OCCASIONALLY  RARELY 35% 53% COMMERCIAL TRUCK STOP REST AREA (NO SERVICES) SHIPPER/RECEIVER’S LOCATION 50% 20% 20% ON/OFF RAMP  NEVER 8% ABANDONED LOT/ISOLATED AREA 10% BEHIND A SHOPPING CENTER 11% 25% 37% 20% 36% 27% 35% 41% 11% 1% 5% 7% 45% 29% 28% 26% 20% 20
  21. 21. “During the last 12 months, have you felt unsafe while parked during a mandatory rest period or waiting to pick-up or drop-off a load? ‖ 88% FELT UNSAFE 1 PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 2 3 4 21
  22. 22. * Word cloud by based on most frequently mentioned words and phrases in data collection 22
  23. 23. Over 2/3 of drivers felt unsafe at a Truck Stop in the past “too many hookers banging on your door” “poor lighting, no security guards, or panic buttons” “not enough light from where I parked to where the building was” “fuel gets stolen at rest time” “people begging for money” “parking spaces are to narrow” PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 23
  24. 24. FEEL SAFE CRIME VICTIM ACCIDENT BAD VIBE 80% UNSAFE PARKING 84% 59% 50% 42% 24% 36% 27% COMMERCIAL TRUCK STOP 35% 27% 17% 7% 51% 48% 48% 42% 23% 18% 18% 4% 5% REST AREA 4% 3% SHIP/RECEIVE LOCATION 11% 2% 3% ON/OFF RAMP 9%5% 2% ISOLATED AREA 3% 1% BEHIND SHOPPING CENTER24
  25. 25. “…Hospital parking lot 5 a.m. delivering, drivers door unlocked was in trailer 15 min. phone was stolen and computer, not safe anywhere always lock your truck! Fuel stolen at a national truck stop chain, truck has been in a parking space hit and run while ,I was showering, 25 years driving the last 3 have been the most trouble!...” “…I was parked at a small truck stop in Tenn. and at about 2:30 am the gun shoots rang out and then the law show up making all kinds of noise and kept me up the last 6 hours of my rest time…” “…The big thing is the off ramps. U can be asleep and then u get woke up told to move so now we are back on the road sleepy and out of hours…” “…During a snow storm in Upper NY, I was forced to drive in unsafe conditions while looking for a safe haven. Everything was full or closed leaving me no choice but to keep going till I finally found a spot…” “…Any time I am out of hours and can't find parking is dangerous. It's a lose-lose situation. Park illegally or drive illegally. No legal solution…” PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 25
  26. 26. 36% of respondents indicated they felt safer parked at shipper and receiver location. This is greater than the feeling of safety indicated when respondents parked at commercial truck stops and rest areas. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 26
  27. 27. Truck Parking at Shipper/Receiver “From your experience, how often can you park at the shipper or receiver’s property?” Situation: Prior to pickup/delivery appointment OR upon being detained by location which places drivers out of legal hours. 2% 3% 10% 85% 27
  28. 28. * Word cloud by based on most frequently mentioned words and phrases in data collection 28
  29. 29. Wal-Mart: Overwhelmingly Named #1 Shipper and Receiver of Freight That Denies Detained Drivers To Take a Federally Mandated HOS Break on their Property Both Wal-Mart Distribution Centers, Stores and the City of Bentonville, Arkansas, The ―Home of Wal-Mart‖ named most difficult to attain safe truck parking. Increasingly trucks are asked to leave store parking lots as well. Numerous Grocery Warehouse Chains and other major retailers like Home Depot, Lowe’s also deny drivers safe truck parking. 29
  30. 30. No 86% Yes 14% PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 30
  31. 31. Company Terminal Parking or Drop Lot? 35% 43% Yes, Rarely Close Enough to Use Them Yes, I Frequently Use Them Yes, I am Occasionaly in an Area to Use Them No 17% PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 4% 31
  32. 32. * Example: High Crime Inner City Areas Where Cargo Theft is an Issue 40% YES PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 60% NO 32
  33. 33. 11% Yes AIR 89% No IdleAir Shorepower PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 33
  34. 34. 66% 22% 5% It has not made parking harder to find 5% I don't like parking at rest areas so it has no impact 2% It has made it a It has made it a Don't little harder lot harder Know/Does Not Apply to Me PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 34
  35. 35. Fatigued Driving 15% 29% 55% PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg Regularly Occasionally Never 35
  36. 36. ASK THE TRUCKER
  37. 37. WHAT DRIVES THE NEED? 1 MILLION DRIVERS NEEDED IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS Average Number of New Drivers Needed Per Year Over Next 10 Years: 96,178 * 16% 36% 11% 37% * Source: ATA Benchmarking Guide for Driver Recruitment & Retention 37
  38. 38.      Well over 90% respondents in which Men made up the majority, expressed fear for their safety when parking their truck in order to take a federally mandated rest break. Demand For New Drivers in Next 10 Years = 1 Million Despite This Critical Need for Drivers, Dangerous Conditions Are Allowed To Exist , Especially in the Area of Safe Truck Parking. Industry Leaders Are Lobbying for Infrastructure Solutions for Congestion; However, Little or No Planning for Truck Parking During Federally Mandatory Rest Periods Creating a Safe Workplace Is Critical In Recruiting and Retaining Professional Drivers PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 38
  39. 39. Created by Hope Rivenburg and Desiree Wood
  40. 40.    For over 20 years, safe available truck parking has been an issue for professional truck drivers. Rest area closures impact truck parking shortages Drivers are often forced to drive sleepy, park in unsafe locations or park illegally on ramps, shoulders. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 40
  41. 41.  The “Truck Parking Focus Group” was created by Hope Rivenburg to accompany the 2013 truck parking SurveyMonkey data collection project.  The purpose of the focus group was to identify additional factors that create driver stress when trying to locate safe parking while remaining compliant with FMCSA Hours of Service regulations PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 41
  42. 42. Respondents  The focus group was created on a Facebook page by Hope Rivenburg (Jason’s Law). Contact information and general type of freight hauled by the drivers including whether they were solo, team or had a non-driving spouse assisting them was collected before admittance to the group.  Participation was voluntary and open to a manageable size group of regional or “over the road”(OTR) truck drivers.  Driver respondents were asked to check in with photos and comments after parking their rigs to comply with “Hours of Service” (HOS) regulations.  Focus group mini polls and targeted region questions were asked by group moderator Desiree Wood of REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. to gather additional insight. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 42
  43. 43.                  PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg Zachary Bell Hal Kiah Roxanne Fournier Smith Sharon Ann Richardson Rodney Lane Lee and Kari Fisher Jeff J Pelletier Shelle Lichti Robert and Kathy Cass Michelle Scolari Greg Newman Lisa N Lee Schmidt Sandi Talbott Sheri Hoffman Sautter Dianna Dutton Casey Karen Meazell Melody May 43
  44. 44.  In addition to the Facebook Focus Group, A Google Alert was set up to track activity matching the keywords “Truck Stop”.  The Google alert began approximately 3 months before the publication of the truck parking survey and focus group launch. This Google alert remains in effect.  Keyword items matching “Truck Stop” were shared on the Facebook page called “REAL Women Truckers” which feeds into the Twitter timeline for @WomenTruckers using the hash tags #TruckStops #Crime PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 44
  45. 45. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 45
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  47. 47.  Greater Difficulties Finding Safe Parking Close to Where Next Load Delivers or Picks Up  Less Flexibility To Plan Trip for Safer Parking Options Due to Dictated Appointment Times.  “Big Box” Truck Stop Chains Often Do Not have Adequate Truck Parking services for area distribution centers. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg ―DETENTION LINE, CARGILL IN BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS AT 7:00 AM PILOT TRAVEL IN BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS SHORT ON PARKING AT 9:00AM, PILOT TRAVEL IN GILMAN 2/3RDS FULL AT 2:00 PM. TRUCKS PARKED ON WASHINGTON STREET 1 BLOCK SOUTH OF PILOT BECAUSE CARGILL DOES NOT HAVE PROPER TRUCK PARKING AT THE BLOOMINGTON FACILITY‖ ~ ZACHARY BELL: DRIVER 47
  48. 48.     RV’s , Personal Vehicles and Family Mover Rental Trucks in Big Rig Parking Areas Bob Tail Tractors Using Full Parking Spots Rather Than Designated Bob Tail Parking Areas No Law Enforcement or Rest Area Parking Enforcement to Manage Designated Parking When Truck Drivers Struggle to Find Adequate Parking for Mandatory HOS Breaks Truck Stop Management lacking in parking areas who might restrict usage of limited full spaces. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 48
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  53. 53. Issue: Trip Planning Ability is Limited  Shippers and Receivers Dictate Appointment Times  Loads Are Often Scheduled With Transit Time Guidelines That Do Not Account For State Speed Limits, Traffic, Weather, Underst affed Fueling Locations and Driver Needs (Shower, Food, Rest) and Federal HOS. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg ―New Pilot truck stop I-74 in Oakwood IL. Filling up fast at 19:00 (6:00 PM) 53
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  55. 55. “Parking nightmare expected near Incobrasa Industries in Gilman, Illinois tomorrow. They only have room for 70 truckloads of grain, they are closing at noon, and they will be closed to all grain hauling trucks from Noon tomorrow on. Expect the truck stops at I-57 exit 283... Pilot, K&H Truck Plaza, Shell and the local McDonald's... to be full tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.” ~ Driver Comment soybean processing facility PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 55
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  57. 57. 1:30 PM: “Pilot in Decatur, IL: maybe 15 spots left I-72 mile marker 144.” 7:57 PM “Flying J, Gillette, WY. parking spots left, yet. Hurry, hurry, come n get it!” 2:14 PM: “I-80 Nebraska WB mile marker 87 Truck Parking CLOSED” 1:25AM: Marengo OH I-71 exit 140. “Came in about noon had lots of parking now at midnight its full…Pilot Travel Center. All the ramps and even the adult store were full.” 5:00 PM “Burbank, Ohio filling up fast …” 8:45 PM “Newburgh, NY at the Pilot very few parking spots” ―I couldn't post as signal sucked but last Saturday in WY I 80 from midnight to 5am MDT there was not a spot to be had at any truck stop and they have a lot of truck parking pull offs and even those were overfull and some spots on interstate said parking on shoulder $200 fine.‖ PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 1:33PM: “Delivered in St Paul MN this morning ran out of hours to pick up another load so I am 26 miles away to find parking. Inver Grove Heights MN on US 52 — at Pilot Truck Stop.” 57
  58. 58. ―Love's and TA I40 exit 240 over full. Major hail storm causing 3 hour delay on 40 ran a lot of drivers out if hours. We are illegally but safely parked. — at TA- Santa Rosa, New Mexico.‖ ―VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION stretching from Indiana to Texas tonight. Multiple Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. 85 MPH wind gust and flooded roads near Chenoa, IL earlier tonight. Saint Louis, MO and Oklahoma City, OK just sustained direct hits from Tornadoes. Please, if you are driving through the entire Midwest region tonight, get to safety ASAP and stay there, and if you must keep driving, KEEP YOUR WEATHER RADIO AND CB ON.‖ PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 58
  59. 59. 9:00 PM Local Time Driver 1: “About 5-10 spaces left. But lighting terrible here. I always get lost trying to find this place. Stopped at Flying J on I-45 exit 64 completely full and trucks illegally parked everywhere. — at Loves Truck stop. I-45. Downtown Houston TX.” Driver 2: “Please don't get out of your truck !!!!!! I live in Conroe now but I've lived in that area most of my life. It's NOT safe.” PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 59
  60. 60. ―Just got to Sayre OK. Flying J. I-40 exit 20. This place looks like a Conley yard. At least 12 or more trucks and dropped trailers. Some in back row a few in front. Their trucks all say Searcy AR but I wonder if they have facility near here. Still more than 20 spots, even with all the Conley trucks sitting here unattended. You'd think Conley would get a place locally for their drivers.‖ PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 60
  61. 61. Ardmore, OK: “…that one fills up quick because of the big companies around there …you got Best Buy, Michelin tires, Dollar General and some others, and Ardmore only has the hook (Flying J) at exit 33, Love's at exit 31 and a Shell at exit 40 or 41 …” PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 61
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  63. 63.            Atlantic City, NJ Baltimore, MD Bentonville, AR Boston, MA Charlotte, NC Denver, CO Elizabeth ,NJ Hartford, CT Little Rock, AR Long Beach, CA Los Angeles, CA PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg            Miami, FL New York City, NY Newark, NJ Portland, OR Providence , RI Sacramento, CA San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA Seattle, WA Spokane, WA Tacoma, WA 63
  64. 64. Freight Rail Hubs and Port Cities Where Heavy Import/Export Activity Exists Lack Sufficient SAFE Truck Parking CASE IN POINT: Port of Tacoma, WA According to the Port of Tacoma, Approximately 4000 unique trucks enter the Port each day, this does not include trucks that serve other area supporting warehouse facilities. One Loves Travel Stop With Just 85 Truck Spaces Serves This Port Area PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 64
  65. 65.   Home of Retail Giant: Wal-Mart Home of Truckload Carrier Giant: JB Hunt Closest Major Truck Stop to Bentonville, Arkansas is 19 Miles South with just 75 Truck Spaces. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 65
  66. 66. Current Secretary of Transportation, Mr. Anthony Foxx served as Mayor to the city of his birth, Charlotte, NC. from 2009 - 2013 Charlotte, North Carolina sits at a critical interstate crossroad region where high security cigarette loads and other sensitive freight require improvement to truck parking facilities. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 66
  67. 67.         Food Lion Lowe's Family Dollar Staples Goodrich Corporation Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Kellogg's Sam’s Club … and MANY more … PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 67
  68. 68. 1. What is your experience with truck parking in Charlotte, NC? 2. Do you feel adequate truck parking is available in Charlotte, NC? 3. Is Charlotte, NC a relevant freight hub to be addressed for truck parking issues? 4. If you had the chance to educate Mr. Foxx on the importance of truck parking in addition to the other areas of transportation that he is considered to be a champion, what would you like him to know? PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 68
  69. 69. ―It is impossible to park in Charlotte, NC. … with 2 major interstates going through and lots of industry in the general area it definitely needs truck parking…. need to evaluate truck parking in your own back door, it is next to nothing available.‖ ―…sorely lacking- the Pilot is very small and hard to get in and out of. With 2 major interstates, there should be at least 2 truck stops, one with large parking…‖ ―…I-77, I-85 and I-485 all run through there- and on most nights, there is not a SINGLE SPOT at the Pilot… I would like him to know that truck, RV and bus parking east of the Mississippi River is WOEFULLY inadequate, and that steps need to be taken …partnering with independent truck stop owners to locate and fund additional parking, partnering with the chains TA, Petro and Love's to help them get more parking, and to educate the upper management of Pilot Flying J on how parking should be done. He should also consider public/private partnerships to help deal with parking issues- perhaps turning rest areas into travel centers … (Con't) (Con’t) (much like what is done along the "motorways" in the UK), where a truck stop typically partners with a rest area operator and a hotel to make such parking available and affordable.‖ ―…how about what Virginia did on I-81 exit with a nice TRUCKS ONLY rest area, no car no RV’s, no buses… I have a question, …Can we JUST use the tax monies for what it was intended for only, oh I don't know like the highways ONLY? Not beatifying the desert etc. need way more then only 13% to pay to fix the roads. Can we finish a project in a timely manner?‖ ―…we need to do away with the clause "non-commercialization" of federal highway rest areas. ― 60 Poorly Designed Spaces at Charlotte, NC Location 69
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  71. 71. The day of pickup and delivery of the freight presents the greatest challenges to drivers who have less flexibility to trip plan on days that a shipper/receiver may often detain them. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg Communications for drivers of available truck parking helps them not waste valuable time searching for a spot. Phone applications which are relatively new help assist drivers evaluate availability based on time of day and region…but not all drivers know how to use or have smartphones 71
  72. 72. Solo company drivers running elogs seem to have more challenges in order to balance trip planning for safe truck parking VS. maximizing allowable drive hours. Refrigerated freight locations and distribution centers who dictate strict appoint expectations but regularly detain drivers SHOULD provide a designated onsite area for drivers to park who are in jeopardy over federally mandated “Hours of Service” Drivers that discard trash improperly on the property of shippers/receivers SHOULD be held accountable, as well as the carrier for whom they are employed. Unacceptable Trash Disposal PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 72
  73. 73. Truckers & Truck Stop Employees Are Often the Target of Truck Stop Crime     Crime, in and around truck parking areas is most often pre-existing local area crime and is gravitating to parked trucks. Truck drivers provide a essential service therefore they should be protected by local enforcement not harassed by them. Better lighting in truck parking areas and management of available space can help alleviate problems. Distribution center clusters should be examined by local government to evaluate if they are doing their part in helping to move commerce and they should be educating the community on why safe truck parking is an necessary partner to local industry. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 73
  74. 74. TRANSIT TIMES: When loads are booked , transit times for delivery SHOULD take into consideration driver requirements for health and safety. (Example: In a 55 mph state a truck will unlikely maintain the speed limit due to merging vehicles, traffic delays, mountain driving, weather conditions and poorly staffed fueling locations) therefore booking loads with PRACTICAL transit times allow drivers proper trip planning to identify safer parking options, rest not STRESS and be able to practice reasonable hygiene needs. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 74
  75. 75. New travel plaza construction SHOULD be properly designed with sensible length and width to fit ALL truckload types. Local zoning commissions should be clear that truck parking is useless if the spaces are inadequate and do not meet the needs of the drivers. Prohibition on commercial rest areas SHOULD be overturned by Congress. Commercial rest areas will IMPROVE driver productivity and provide more safe truck parking options. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 75
  76. 76.  Truck drivers provide an essential service to the public. They are 1% of the population that serves the other 99%.  Truck Drivers deserve a safe place to rest just as we would expect to provide for our armed service members that serve overseas to protect us.  The Federal Government strictly enforces hours of service (HOS), drivers are often forced to run over their HOS to meet demands for their employers, shippers and receivers which leave them in violation in locating truck parking.  Although Jason's Law is now part of the Transportation Bill MAP-21 that would allow funding for more safe truck parking, a D.O.T study must be completed and only states that demonstrate the need may apply for the funds. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 76
  77. 77. Upon Conclusion of the Focus Group, Hope Rivenburg Felt That Drivers Sharing Information About Truck Parking Locations Could Help Each Other. It was suggested that a moderated page on Facebook should be created to keep the communication open on truck parking issues for drivers. For More Information Contact: hope.rivenburg@gmail.com PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg 77
  78. 78. Jason Rivenburg, was murdered as he rested in an abandoned gas station in South Carolina while waiting for his appointment to deliver Milk to Food Lion Food Lion does not allow truckers to wait on their property. Jason was killed for a measly $7.00, since his death, Food Lion has not changed their policy, and area truck parking has not improved. PowerPoint by Desiree Wood with Andrew Warcaba & Associates and Hope Rivenburg Jason Rivenburg 78

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